How would you like to be paid for five days but only work four*?

Our colleagues’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at OFG, so we’re always looking for new ways to improve everyone’s work/life balance. We’re taking part in a trial of the 4-Day Working Week, meaning that you could be working one day less a week (or equivalent).

4DWW will be rolled out within our school, when we have a full complement of staff, and within the next year – so there’s never been a more exciting time to join us #teamOFG!

Job Title:          ODE Instructor

Location:          Wessex Lodge School, Frome, Somerset

Salary:              up to £25,000 upwards per annum

Hours:              40 hours per week, Monday to Friday

Contract:          Permanent, Term Time only

Must be UK based.

We are looking for an ODE Instructor to join our fantastic team at Wessex Lodge School located in Frome.

About the role

The successful applicant will work within a team, and sometimes lead on outdoor activities on and offsite, with an ability to adapt activities for students with SEMH.

You will support the leadership and management team for the school. This will promote a secure foundation from which to achieve high standards in all areas of the school’s work.

You will teach pupils across the full age and ability range present in the school 8-18 in order to ensure the highest possible standards of students’ achievement, personal development and wellbeing. Support students with outdoor education activities on and off site.


  • Experience of teaching young people
  • Good organisational and verbal and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to respond sensitively to others
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Good records of attendance and punctuality
  • Effective record keeping                                                     
  • Willingness to undertake further training
  • Commitment to CPD
  • Commitment to equal opportunities principles and practices
  • Work flexible hours
  • Safeguarding
  • ODE qualifications
  • PE qualifications


  • energetic
  • passionate
  • team player
  • robust
  • resilient


The following national body qualifications ---- Paddle sports qualification; Climbing Wall instructor and/or Abseiling; Archery; Lowland leaders and/or Mountain Leader; cycling and/or mountain biking.

About us

Wessex Lodge School comprises of two main sites: Wessex Lodge School, the main school where classroom-based activities take place, the second site being Newmead Farm, located in Maiden Bradley and allows students the opportunity to explore subject paths which would otherwise not be available to them.

We have grown to support 40 students, aged 8-18 years old. Each student has individual needs based on developmental challenges, Social and Emotional Mental Health difficulties or Autism. We support them using individual plans and the THRIVE approach. Wessex Lodge offers all students an individualised education to improve life outcomes.

The established staff team come from a variety of previous occupations and have individual skills, which can be utilised, within this school. So, if you have an interest and/or qualifications in animal care, horticulture, construction, outdoor education, forestry or any other specific trade or hobby, we would love to hear from you!

Why join Acorn Education & Care?


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the pupils and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and young people. All applicants will be subject to social media checks and successful applicants to a fully enhanced DBS.

*You’ll work 80% of your contractual hours for 100% of your pay, giving you more time to do the things that make you happy. 


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